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Monday, August 07, 2006

Gold Heritage Walk - Warrandyte State Park

The Gold Heritage Walk is a 3 km loop track, in the Warrandyte State Park, 24 km east of Melbourne.

It climbs steeply to the summit of Fourth Hill, passing artifacts and interpretative displays of the former gold rush of the 1800s.

Dotted with relics of the gold mining era, the hills around Warrandyte have a distinctive bluish-green hue, typical of the foliage of Red Box, a common eucalypt of the area.

Settlement by Europeans was slow but the discovery of gold at Andersons Creek in July 1851 changed that. The first gold licences in Victoria were issued by August that year. At the turn of the century, Anderson's Creek, now known as Warrandyte, employed about 250 miners.

Warrandyte State Park was declared in 1975 because of its outstanding natural and cultural values. Some sections, including Stane Brae and Yarra Brae, were later added because of their conservation value. In 1997, Mount Lofty was added.

The 620 ha park's treasures include spring wildflowers, native wildlife and the site of Victoria's first gold discovery in 1851.

The images were taken on August 6, 2006, and show:

The Track
Old mine shafts
Interesting scenery
Relics of the old mines

Please visit my Slide Show of this excursion, at

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